It's a shame what happens to young pitchers ...
- The Cleveland Indians have parted company with left handed starting pitcher Jeremy Sowers placing him on waivers according to FoxSports.com. Sowers was selected with the 6th pick in the 2004 MLB draft.
It looked as if the young lefty would be a mainstay in the Indians rotation for years to come after his rookie season in 2006 which saw him go 7-4 with 3.57 ERA including 2 shutouts. The last 3 seasons haven't been as kind to the 26 year old went a combined 11-26 with an ERA well over 5.
Sowers, who was out of options, has been battling a strained shoulder this spring.
For the record, those 2006 numbers simply weren't sustainable. In 88 innings, Sowers struck out 35 hitters. That can theoretically work, to a limited extent, if you have great control and keep the ball down almost all of the time. But that wasn't Sowers. In the minors, his strikeout-to-walk ratio was 3-1 and he gave up one home run every 18 innings. In the majors, his K/BB ratio dropped by more than 50 percent and his home-run rate more than doubled.
This is idle speculation, but I'd be willing to bet that he just doesn't have the arm strength at 26 that he had at 21 when the Indians drafted him. Pitching is a tough profession for a young man.